Norwich will be hoping to put the heart-breaking defeat to Leicester City at the weekend behind them as they prepare to take on Chelsea on Tuesday night under the Carrow Road floodlights.
Norwich did exceptionally well against league leaders Leicester for eighty-nine minutes before some shoddy defending allowed Foxes striker Leonardo Ulloa to tap in from close range. The agonizing result left City above the relegation zone on goal difference, with Newcastle having a game in hand over the Canaries.
The games don’t get any easier for Norwich as they welcome a rejuvenated Chelsea side to Carrow Road. The Blues come to Norfolk in brilliant form under interim boss Guus Hiddink, who they are yet to lose under in the Premier League since his re-appointment in December. Their most recent result was a 2-1 victory away against Southampton. Despite conceding just before half-time, Chelsea showed great character and managed to flip the game on its head with a late goal from Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic.
The Canaries were unlucky not to take a point away from Stamford Bridge earlier on in the season. The last outing between the two was quite a dull game where Chelsea dominated the ball and reduced Norwich to half-chances and constant defending throughout. A momentary lapse from a quick free kick resulted in a Chelsea victory, with all of our hard work being chucked away. This game proves that if we bring passion and belief to the field on Tuesday and relinquish the schoolboy errors, we stand a good chance of taking at least a point from the Premier League champions.
As reported by the BBC, The Blues will be without experienced captain John Terry and winger Pedro, who are both sidelined with hamstring problems. Norwich on the other hand are missing Andre Wisdom through injury, with Seb Bassong and Wes Hoolahan unlikely to feature. Patrick Bamford, who has found life at Carrow Road difficult so far, is ineligible against his parent club. Tuesday night could also see the debut of Brazilian forward Alex Pato for Chelsea. The former Milan striker joined Chelsea in January from Corinthians in his native Brazil in an attempt to revitalize his career on the European stage.
Norwich fans everywhere will be getting behind the team on Tuesday with hope of climbing the table and getting unlikely points on the board. Keep your eyes on Read Norwich for more pre-match material and post-match analysis.